Wataru Yamamoto

I document nature as a psychological image that is continuously transformed.

I study the examination of nature in contemporary urban societies and the representation of nature through the photographic medium to decipher the diverse meanings of the concept of “nature.” In all of my works, I document the phenomena that are produced through the relation between humans and nature instead of positioning nature in opposition to modern artifice. In other words, I aim to document neither humans nor nature but what exists between them. It is the essential ambiguity of photography, as both an optical process of “writing with light” and psychological representational technique of “copying truth,” which I use to document such images. All of my works are an attempt to answer whether it is possible to document ambiguity.

1986 Born Tochigi, Japan
2011 Won Excellence Award at “ Canon New Cosmos of Photography 2011 ”
2013 Complete a master's degree at Tama Art University

[Selected Exhibitions]
- Solo Exhibitions
2014 “ Desired Forms -The Deep Shadows of Vessels- ” NADiff Gallery (Tokyo)
2014 “ Spring ” Yumiko Chiba Associates (Tokyo)
2013 “ Plane Tree Observations ” Yumiko Chiba Associates (Tokyo)
2013 “ Drawing a Line ” photographers’ gallery (Tokyo)
2012 “ Wataru Yamamoto ” Another Function (Tokyo)
- Group Exhibitions
2015 “ New Japanese Photography ” DOMED GALLERY (London)

“ LUMIX MEETS / TOKYO 2020 By Japanese Photographers #2 ” IMA CONCEPT STORE (Paris&Tokyo)

2014 “ Unseen Photo Fair 2014 [Anima on Photo – Hidden sense of Japanese Photography] ”
Westergasfabriek-Festival Ground (Amsterdam)
2014 “ TOKYO2020 ” Christophe Guye Galerie (Zurich)
2013 “ LIVING WITH PHOTOGRAPHY ” Isetan Shinjyuku (Tokyo)
2012 “ 3331 Trans Arts ” 3331 Arts Chiyoda (Tokyo)
2011 “ Canon New Cosmos of Photography Award 2011 ”
Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography
2010 “ 126 Polaroid ” Group Exhibit, Yokohama Museum of Art


“ Desired Forms-The Deep Shadows of Vessels- ”  book (Yumiko Chiba Associates)

2013 Feature article in “STILL LIFE TALKING” section of IMA vol.6,
written by Kyoichi Tsuzuki (amana holdings inc.)
2013 Included in “ TOKYO2020 BY JAPANESE PHOTOGRAPHERS 9 ” book
(amana holdings inc.)
2013 Article in “Reviews” section of Bijutsu Techo (Oct 2013),
written by Minoru Shimizu (BIJUTSU SHUPPAN HOLDINGS CO., LTD.)
2012 “ Drawing a Line ” book (MCV MCV)
2010 Included in “ 126 Polaroid ” book (Akaaka-sha)